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Computers as a Formal Continuing Education Tool: Moving Beyond Intention

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Objective : To identify factors related to health promotion professionals' decisions to use computer-mediated instruction for continuing education (CMI-CE).

Methods : Employing a cross-sectional survey design, data were collected from 500 respondents using an online survey.

Results : Among respondents having positive intentions toward CMI-CE, characteristics distinguishing between individuals with positive and negative CMI-CE behavior included perceived behavioral control, license/ certification, lack of programs and relevant program topics, and availability of technical support.

Conclusions : Health promotion professionals have positive intentions toward CMI-CE, and introducing relevant programs accompanied by strong technical support teams will help move them beyond intention and into action.
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Keywords: computer-based training; distance learning; health promotion; professional development; professional preparation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2007

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